Don't Order In: Make Moo Shu Pork at Home

Mu shu pork recipe

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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Marinate: 30 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings

This is the famous northern Chinese dish, served with mandarin pancakes and hoisin sauce.

For the best flavor that replicates the restaurant version of the dish, look for Shaoxing (or Shao-Hsing) rice wine.

Though it's easy to cook, there are a lot of ingredients that go into this stir-fry. The actual cooking time is rather quick and it's best to prepare all of the ingredients—allow 30 minutes for the marinating and soaking—and have them ready to go into the wok when needed.


For the Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 3 tablespoons chicken broth, low sodium

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons rice wine

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the Marinade:

  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons rice wine

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the Stir-Fry:

  • 1/2 pound pork tenderloin

  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms

  • 4 tablespoons dried cloud ear mushrooms, or wood ear mushrooms

  • 2 tablespoons dried lily buds

  • 1/2 cup canned bamboo shoots

  • 2 green onions

  • 2 slices ginger

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons oil, divided; or amount needed for stir-frying

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • Cooked rice, or Mandarin crepe, for serving

  • Hoisin sauce, for serving

Steps to Make It

Prepare the Ingredients

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for mu shu pork
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  2. In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients, whisking in the cornstarch last. Set aside.

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  3. In a large bowl, combine the marinade ingredients, adding the cornstarch last.

  4. Cut the pork tenderloin into thin strips.

  5. Add the pork strips to the marinade, mix to coat thoroughly, and marinate the pork for 30 minutes.

    Cut the pork into thin strips
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  6. Place the dried shiitakes, cloud ears or wood ears, and lily buds in separate bowls of water. Soak for approximately 30 minutes.

    Dried mushrooms
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  7. Once thoroughly soaked, squeeze out any excess water from the mushrooms and lily buds. Remove the stems from the shiitakes and the hard tips from the lily buds. Cut the three ingredients into thin strips.

    Squeeze out water
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  8. Rinse the bamboo shoots under warm running water to remove any tinny taste. Drain and cut into thin strips.

    Rinse bamboo shoots
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  9. Rinse the green onions and cut each into thirds.

  10. Cut the ginger into thin strips.

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  11. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs with the salt.

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Stir-Fry the Moo Shu Pork

  1. Heat the wok over medium-high to high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil, swirling along the sides. When the oil is hot, add the beaten eggs and scramble until they are quite firm. Remove the eggs from the wok.

    Heat the wok
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  2. Clean out the wok and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the ginger and stir-fry until aromatic (about 30 seconds).

    Clean out wok
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  3. Add the marinated pork to the wok and stir-fry until the pork changes color and is nearly cooked through. Remove the ginger and pork from the wok.

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  4. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the wok. When the oil is hot, add the mushrooms and lily buds. Stir-fry for about 1 minute.

    Add wood ears
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  5. Push the mushrooms and lily buds up to the sides of the wok. Give the sauce a quick stir in the bowl and pour it into the middle of the wok, stirring quickly to thicken.

    Push pork to side
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  6. Add the pork, ginger, and scrambled egg back into the wok.

    Add pork and scrambled egg
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  7. Stir in the green onion and bamboo shoots and mix everything together.

    Stir in green onion
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  8. Taste and add extra seasoning if desired. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame oil.

    Mu shu pork
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  9. Serve over rice or rolled up in a Mandarin crepe brushed with hoisin sauce. Enjoy.

Recipe Variations

  • Dry sherry is a suitable substitute if you don't have rice wine.
  • If desired, instead of stir-frying the green onion you can add it to the moo shu pork along with the sesame oil.
  • You can also deep-fry the pork rather than stir-frying it alone.